Mackay Open 2017

The Mackay Open was on from the 22nd to 23rd of July this year, and once again the club sent down a handful of players to compete. Here’s a few photos from the playing venue at the Harrup Park Country Club:

This year our crew skipped the late nights and karaoke, and this was perhaps reflected in the final standings, with Townsville players claiming spots 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9 in the final standings. However, it wasn’t enough to stop IM Stephen Solomon running away with an outright victory—a result which seemed certain after his controlled win over David Castor in round 4. Brendan Pierotti had a great tournament winning the junior prize, including a solid result in round 3 against Ken Stark.

Final crosstable

Pos NAME                 Rtg  T  Fed  Pts |   1     2     3     4     5     6  | DirE  BucM  BucT  Cmlt  
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  1 Solomon, Stephen J   2424 IM QLD  6.0 | +W10  +B9   +W3   +B2   +W5   +B4  |  0.0  15.5  23.5  21.0 
  2 Castor, David        2161    QLD  5.0 | +B13  +W4   +B6   -W1   +B10  +W8  |  0.0  14.5  23.5  18.0 
  3 O'Shaughnessy, Dave  1745    QLD  4.0 | +B18  +W5   -B1   +W11  -B4   +W7  |  0.0  14.5  22.5  15.0 
  4 Whalley, Lee         1512    QLD  4.0 | +W17  -B2   +W15  +B16  +W3   -W1  |  0.0  13.5  21.5  15.0 
  5 Stokes, Mark C       1484    QLD  4.0 | +W22  -B3   +W12  +B15  -B1   +W10 |  0.0  12.5  18.5  14.0 
  6 Weller, Tony         1714    QLD  4.0 | +W19  +B7   -W2   -B10  +W16  +B11 |  0.0  11.5  18.5  14.0 
  7 Macleod, Keith       1405    QLD  3.5 | +B21  -W6   +B13  =W8   +W9   -B3  |  1.5  14.0  19.0  13.5 
  8 Stark, Ken           1784    QLD  3.5 | +W12  =B15  =W9   =B7   +W17  -B2  |  1.0  12.5  19.5  14.0 
  9 Pierotti, Brendan    1528    QLD  3.5 | +B14  -W1   =B8   +W13  -B7   +W15 |  0.5  13.0  21.5  12.0 
 10 Bourke, Ronald       1362    QLD  3.0 | -B1   +W11  +B18  +W6   -W2   -B5  |  0.0  16.0  24.0  12.0 
 11 Hellmann, Oskar      1371    NSW  3.0 | +W16  -B10  +W19  -B3   +W12  -W6  |  0.0  12.0  18.0  12.0 
 12 Carter, Martin       1007    QLD  3.0 | -B8   +W20  -B5   +W14  -B11  +W18 |  0.0  11.5  17.5   9.0 
 13 Noack, Daniel        1286    QLD  3.0 | -W2   +B17  -W7   -B9   +W21  +B16 |  0.0  11.0  17.0   8.0 
 14 De Thomassis, Lincol  581    QLD  3.0 | -W9   -B16  +W22  -B12  +W19  +B17 |  0.0   9.0  12.5   7.0 
 15 Joseph, Siju         1502    QLD  2.5 | +B20  =W8   -B4   -W5   +B18  -B9  |  0.0  13.0  19.0  10.5 
 16 Reed, Andrew            0    QLD  2.0 | -B11  +W14  +B20  -W4   -B6   -W13 |  0.0  13.0  19.0   9.0 
 17 McGrath, Dallas       533    QLD  2.0 | -B4   -W13  +B21  +W20  -B8   -W14 |  0.0  11.5  16.5   7.0 
 18 Hitchcock, Cameron    744    QLD  2.0 | -W3   +B22  -W10  +B19  -W15  -B12 |  0.0  10.5  14.5   8.0 
 19 Nolan, Vincent        685    QLD  2.0 | -B6   +W21  -B11  -W18  -B14  +W22 |  0.0   9.0  13.0   6.0 
 20 Comerford, Kai-Yi     500    QLD  2.0 | -W15  -B12  -W16  -B17  +W22  +B21 |  0.0   7.5  10.5   3.0 
 21 Penna, Dale             0    QLD  1.0 | -W7   -B19  -W17  +B22  -B13  -W20 |  0.0   9.0  12.5   3.0 
 22 Milles, Jordan          0    QLD  0.0 | -B5   -W18  -B14  -W21  -B20  -B19 |  0.0   9.0  14.0   0.0 

Thanks go to tournament organiser Dale Noack, who once again put together a fantastic event, and also player/arbiter Lee Whalley who oversaw proceedings. Here are a few interesting games from the tournament:

Games

Keith had been having a great tournament, playing well above his rating, but disaster struck in the final round in his game against me:

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